The Latest Trains, buses to halt in honor of the men killed

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Latest on a deadly stabbing attack at a Portland, Oregon, light-rail train (all times are local):

6:40 pm

Transit officials plan to stop all buses and trains Friday in a moment of silence in honor of the men killed and others affected by the attack on a northeast Portland train.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that MAX operators will stop the trains at their nearest station, and bus drivers will pull over at the stops or along their routes at noon Friday.

TriMet also invites the audience to take part in the minute’s silence.

“TriMet is working together with our community,” the agency said in a statement.

The statement refers to the Best, Rick, 53; Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, 23; and Micah Fletcher, 21. Best and Namkai-Meche died of multiple stab wounds. Fletcher was released from an area hospital late on Monday.


4:40 pm

Prosecutors say the man charged with the stabbing of three men on board of a Portland light-rail train in theory, while in the back seat of a patrol car after his arrest.

Court documents released Tuesday say Jeremy Joseph Christian was captured on video and audio surveillance to say that he had stabbed three people in the neck. Two deceased.

The probable cause affidavit written by Multnomah County Deputy district Attorney Ryan Lufkin says Christian also calls themselves a “patriot” and says, “That’s what liberalism gets you, he discusses the murders.

Christian appeared in court on aggravated murder and other charges Tuesday, but he could not enter a plea.

His court-appointed lawyer, Gregory Scholl, not immediately return a call.

Authorities say he took three men who tried to stop him from shouting anti-Muslim arches on two young women. One of the women was the wearing of an Islamic headscarf and both were black.


4:05 pm

Riots erupted outside the courtroom as the man charged with stabbing three men on board of a Portland light-rail train was accused.

Just as Jeremy Christian closed his brief appearance, screaming and yelling could be heard from the hall as supporters of the victims confronted by a supporter of the defendant.

Deputies escorted the man from the scene, in which the group lash out at law enforcement for the protection of him.

Those involved in the confrontation could not go to the court because all the seats were taken.

In the courtroom security blocked spectators from the exit of the arrest until the disturbance simmered down.


3:20 pm

The lone man to survive a stabbing attack on a Portland, Oregon, light rail train says he, after a difficult time processing what happened.

KGW-TV reports that Micah Fletcher says that he is focused on trying to get better. “I got stabbed in the neck on my way to work, at random, by a stranger, I do not know, for trying to just be a nice person,” he said. “Like, I don’t know what to do after that, you know.”

He told the TV station, “I am healed. That’s what I’m doing. As much as I can, in whatever way I can.”

A spokeswoman says Fletcher was released Monday night.

Authorities say Jeremy Christian on Friday began the verbal abuse of two young women, one of whom is wearing a hijab. Police say three other men in the train, including Fletcher, intervened, Christian attacked. Two men were killed.


2:54 pm

The man police say fatally to two men who tried to protect young women from an anti-Muslim diatribe shouted “you call it terrorism I call it patriotism!” during his first appearance.

Jeremy Joseph Christian, 35, was in Multnomah County court Tuesday afternoon facing two counts of felony aggravated murder and other charges for Friday’s incident at a Portland, Oregon, light-rail train.

He repeated outbursts in court.

He is appointed to the public defense. Lane Borg, the head of the local public defender agency, said the office is “saddened by this tragedy”, but urged people to let justice take its course.

The authorities say that Christian began verbal abuse of two young women, one of whom is wearing a hijab. Three men on the train intervened before the police, says Christian attacked, killing two and injuring.


1:43 pm

The man charged with stabbing three men on a Portland light-rail train, told guards that he had no income, no mental health problems and can’t remember the last time he had a fixed address.

Court documents on the basis of Jeremy Christian’s interview at the Multnomah County Jail show that he was worried about freedom of speech. The interviewer wrote that Christian was loud and animated talk about what he believed to be the suppression of free speech.

Christian says he went to school through the 9th grade, but passed the high school equivalency exam known as G. E. D. and took some community college classes.

Christian has three prior crimes.

Christian faces aggravated murder and other charges. Police say he went to a racist rant on the train and stop the men who intervened, killing two and injuring a third.


12:20 pm

The homicide detective investigating a triple stabbing at a Portland light-rail train says in court documents that surveillance and cell phone video shows a 35-year-old Jeremy Christian cutting the three victims with a knife last Friday.

Detective Michele Michaels says in a probable cause affidavit made public Tuesday that the video’s audio from the Christian spewing racial and religious epithets during the attack that killed two men and wounded a third.

Michaels says surviving victim Micah Fletcher told her Christian shouted the profanity, and also threatened with beheading people.

The police and the witnesses say that the victims were defending two teenage girls who are the focus of Christian’s rant. One is black and the other was wearing a hijab. Michaels says the girls told her that she had threatened.

Christian faces charges of aggravated murder and other crimes.

He told guards he has no fixed address.


10:10 pm

The mother of a 23-year-old man was stabbed to death on a Portland light-rail train while trying to defend two young women from an anti-Muslim rant has asked President Trump to encourage Americans to protect and look out for each other.

In a letter to Trump, Asha Deliverance, said her son Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, and two other men acted did not hesitate to confront the bully because the two female passengers were harassed. Her son and another man died. A third man was wounded and released from a hospital Tuesday.

Liberation says they are grieving but proud of her son’s selfless action.

She urged Trump to condemn acts of violence that are a result of hate and hate groups. She says that such a step would be a deep honor her son’s sacrifice.

The president said in a tweet Monday that the three stabbing victims stood up to hatred and intolerance, and the attack was unacceptable.


8:55 pm

The lone surviving victim of a triple stabbing on board a Portland light-rail train has been released from the hospital.

Micah Fletcher suffered a neck wound Friday after coming to the defense of two young women who were abused by a man before he allegedly stabbed Fletcher and two other men who died. One of the women was wearing a hijab.

Legacy Emanuel Medical Center Julie Reed spokeswoman said Tuesday that the 21-year-old man was fired.

Fletcher is a local student and poet.

Back in high school, he won a whole city of Portland Public Schools poetry slam. In one of his poems, he spoke out against the prejudices faced by Muslims since the terrorist attacks of September. 11, 2001.


12:23 pm

The man police say fatally two other men who tried to protect young women from an anti-Muslim rant on a Portland, Oregon, light-rail train makes his first appearance on the Tuesday-and the mayor of the city says that he hopes that the slaughter will inspire “changes in the political dialogue in this country.”

Jeremy Joseph Christian, 35, faces two counts of felony aggravated murder and other charges.

The attack happened on Friday, the first day of Ramadan, the holiest time of the year for the Muslims. The authorities say that Christian began verbal abuse of two young women, one of whom is wearing a hijab. Three other men on the train intervened before the police, says Christian attacked, killing two and injuring.

President Donald Trump condemned the stitch, writing Monday on Twitter: “The violent attacks in Portland on Friday are unacceptable. The victims stood up to hate and intolerance. Our prayers are w/ them.”

Mayor Ted Wheeler said he appreciated Trump’s words, but stressed the need for action. Wheeler urged the organizers to cancel a “Trump Free Speech Rally” in Portland, and other similar events next weekend, say that they are inappropriate and may be dangerous.

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